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ME, YOU, THEM

Brazil, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Viva – New Latin American Cinema)

Director: Andrucha Waddington

Darlene, heavily pregnant, waits in the dust outside a tumbled down church for a bridegroom who will never appear. Resigned to her fate, she leaves the Brazilian backwater she lives in to return three years later, once again scouting a husband. Regina Case, one of Brazil's most popular actresses, radiates a mature, earthy sexuality in this lusty tale of a woman who requires three men to make one complete husband. Darlene continues to bear children to a succession of lovers, installing each in her home. She has the gift to smooth over major conflict and manipulate situations to eventually ensure the happiness stolen originally from her. "Cinematographer Breno Silveira makes this a place of dusty beauty—the reds, the browns and ochres fading into shadows. Me, You, Them works because the story is sympathetic to the feelings of the characters, observes them as individuals and is not concerned with the sensational aspects of their household but in the gradual way practical matters work themselves out"— Chicago Sun-Times.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2000.

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